By Andre Grau

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 4/11/2005
  • Pages: 72
  • Reading point: Age eight and Up

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During the 20th century, the fascist Franco government tried unsuccessfully to ban the sardana. QUETZAL DANCE, MEXICO In an effort to rediscover their preconquest identity, native Mexicans organized themselves into dance associations. At festivals and all-night vigils they perform traditional Aztec dances – some of which are named after Aztec gods, including the most powerful god of all, Quetzalcoatl. Pheasant feathers ORISSI, EASTERN INDIA Headdress Back of an Irish dance costume The classical Indian dance orissi was at one time performed only by temple dancers called mahari.

The pole often symbolizes fertility. Bolivian tape dance An 18th-century embroidered muslin cloth showing Krishna dancing with the gopis (cowherds), North India Ribbons held by the dancer are twisted attractively one over another in the course of the dance 47 Dance and community Whether we are watching or participating, dance is a way of uniting communities and is commonly linked to leisure, sport, and competition. S. and Europe. Its beauty and romance allow both the dancers and the audience to escape reality.

This type of dancing is known as character dancing. 42 BUTOH EXPERIMENTAL DANCE, JAPAN Butoh is Japan’s best-known postwar experimental dance. With butoh, dancer and choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata (1928–1986) and his colleagues aimed to startle the Japanese into recognizing some of the unpleasant aspects of their society. ” Even though butoh was a conscious attempt to break away from tradition, some elements remain rooted in classical dance. One of these elements is the very slow, stylized walk sometimes used in butoh, which can also be seen in nō.

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